Adjustment Disorder

As I considered addressing the effect that Parkinson’s has on cognative function. mental health, sleep and such, I stumbled onto this (new to me) term. I share it, to let you know that you are not alone in your feelings.

Carla Collier’s doctor called it ‘Adjustment Disorder.’  She shared: “This made perfect sense. It could be called Acceptance Disorder, Acknowledgement Disorder, Adherence Disorder etc. Nevertheless, I wasn’t doing well at any of those things. I had developed a chronic, neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no treatment to slow the progression. Yet, I expected my life to continue as though everything was normal. (As I mentioned in The Telling, I tried to downplay and make light of PD…not the best idea!)”

“My doctor put me on a medical leave of absence from work. I used this time to adjust. Not easy. Eventually, I practiced some much-needed self-care and I began to gather my team of professionals to help me deal with the many facets of this disease.”

“It took time, four months to be exact, to build my system back up to working order and even then I was only able to return to work for half days.”

“I think I will always have Adjustment Disorder.  But I think I have learned to listen to my body and recognize when I need to give myself a break.”

 ………….With Parkinson’s being a progressive, (Strange word choice because progress is usually a positive thing, but in the case of diseases, progressive is never a good thing!) illness, we should be aware that our condition will worsen over time.

As these progressive changes occur, emotional or behavioral reactions contributing to feeling anxious or depressed may loom up again and again. Don’t hesitate to seek help to regain your emotional footing.